Posts from the ‘New Locations’ Category

New Mexican Location: Del Sur, San Louis Portilla

Mexico can be a chaotic place in terms of IDs – many thundereggs can be vaguely identified or not identified at all.  So it is always interesting when a new location turns up.  These Del Sur specimens have a somewhat unfamiliar look for Mexico as well, with a very smooth matrix and simple agate.

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German Specimens from My Personal Collection

I have been sorting out my vast stock of rocks recently, aiming to sell off a lot of them and get back some kind of control of things.  I have been selling liberally over on the Thunderegg Shop Facebook Group – but this has also been a chance to look through all my specimens that are not yet on the gallery and decide which ones I would keep.  And then finally upload them!  These are the ones that really caught me, including some very unusual locations and some nice specimens of more familiar ones.  Below are some of my favourite ones.

See the whole German gallery here: http://www.thundereggs.co.uk/germany.html

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Wieda Thunderegg – A Crisp Specimen From a Rare Location

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Altersbach – Rarish Location Known for it’s Flaming Hydrothermal Agate.

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Nesselhof Thunderegg – Candycane!

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Nesselhof thunderegg – Deep Red

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Drusenborn Thunderegg – Rarely Seen Solid Agate

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Querbitzsch – a Beautiful Specimen of the White Ghosts of the Kaolin Mines

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Waldeneck – The Classic Baden Baden Location

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Gröppendorf – The ‘Other’ White Ghost of the Kaolin Mines

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Brandtkopf

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Hölle (Gehlberg) – one of the Quiet Relatives of the Famous Felsenschlag.

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Oberhof – a Rare New Location from an Urban Building Site!

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Spießberg ‘Rote Linie’ – an Unnamed Location in an area that is Being Revealed as Surprisingly Diverse.

 

 

 

New German Curiosities and Locations

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Hirschfeld Gravel Pit Thunderegg with a Geology from the Mügeln Area

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Hirschfeld Gravel Pit – a Somewhat Less Familiar Geology

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A mystery thunderegg from the Zeithin Gravel Pit, because although we know where it was found, the geology that it originated from remains completely different from all known sources, in spite of various enquiries. One of the mysteries of the gravel pits that make them so interesting.

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A rare complete specimen from Ochsendrehe, Saxony

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Sermuth thunderegg – a very unusual new location from Saxony, Germany.

A few New Specimens

After a long quiet time, when I have mostly been engaged in selling off some of my huge stock of eggs, I have launched a few more specimens on the gallery.

Burgstall thunderegg with an unusual pseudomorph core.

A fine Dugway thunderegg with some very delicate agate.

A more complex Donnybrook thunderegg with a fair amount going on.

Ochs Ranch / Pony Creek thunderegg – a simple but rather sweet specimen.

A specimen from one of the rarely seen non-public beds on the Richardson Ranch – this one described as a rare and small location “close to the main road”.

Two New German Locations

Two interesting new locations have been uploaded to the gallery now.  I know very little about the first one, save that it is from the Thuringia Forest.  In appearance, it is substantially different to anything else I have seen from there.  This lcation is simply known as Wasch:

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Wasch Thunderegg

Next up is a new Saxony location alongside the white ghosts of the kaolin pits – Börtewitz.  And it’s a specimen I am pretty much in love with!  The stones that I have seen from here are distinguished from the other locations (Querbitzsch, Gröppendorf etc.) by being much harder and heavier – a solid matrix that takes a shine.

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Börtewitz Thunderegg

 

New Location: Ravensberg Mountain

Located near Bad Sachsa, Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) – a state that provides very few thundereggs compared to some of the others. These are a distinctive location, with beautiful flowbanding and thin bands of sometimes vivid red agate. I have now added a page of them on the gallery, and here are some of the best ones.

Three New and Unusual Richardson Ranch Locations

Here are three more specimens from Richardson Ranch that are not from any of the familiar beds.  As usual, there is only so much I can say about these and the tags consist of little more than rough guides to the area in which they are found.  Nevertheless, they provide some new ideas of just what that ranch is capable of producing.

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First up is an absolute stunner, in my opinion – and also the most mysterious.  This was not from any of the hundred or so locations on the ranch, this was a ‘float egg’ – by which I mean a lost rock just lying on the ground, with all the mystery that entails. You can see this in the very brittle and fractured matrix. The colours here are rather different from anything I have seen before – indeed, this is one of the most beautiful matrixes I have ever seen from this area.

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The above specimen is from a small deposit “On the Road to the Opal Bed” and it shows a very clear kinship with the Bed #1 etc. geology in the black splotches.

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Lastly is a specimen with a matix that has little kinship with either the Priday type or the Bed #1 etc. type – a smooth brick-red stone that seems to have more in common with Brown Ranch or somewhere like that.  This comes from a small deposit “On the Road to the New Ledge Jasper Bed”

There are some more of these obscure Richardson locations still to polish, so keep an eye out for those in the future.